Xbox Live Arcade may be in for some rather sweeping changes in the coming month it seems. According to Xbox Live's General Manager Marc Whitten, Microsoft will be cleaning out a lot of the chaff and trying to sow seeds of greatness in the future.
Speaking to Next-Gen
, Whitten confirms that Microsoft will be launching a new first party studio to focus on developing new games designed just for XBLA and that a lot of the weaker games will be purged according to strict criteria.
According to Whitten, those criteria mean that any XBLA game with a Metacritic average score below 65 percent and with a demo-to-full conversion rate of beneath 6 percent will be wiped from the service. Players will be given a three month warning that a game is going to be pulled.
points out, that includes several games you probably never heard nor cared about, including Cyberball 2072
and Arkadian Warriors
"Overall I think you will find this will focus the catalogue more on larger, more immersive games and make it much easier to find the games you are looking for,
" said Whitten.
The XBLA exec also revealed that there'll be no Spring dashboard update for the Xbox this year, but that a new DRM system is planned that Whitten describes as allowing "you to better consolidate your licenses for downloaded content to a single Xbox and allow you the freedom to be able to play your content both online and offline.
Great, just what we need. Are you a big fan of an XBLA game which you think might face the chop? Let us know in the forums